Jerry was pleasantly surprised by Sarah Jessica Parker during the crit.
Posted by Jerry Saltzon Nov 3, 20110
I’m afraid of fame. Not of being famous -- that would be great, and would most likely pay better than anything I’m doing now. No: I’m afraid of famous people. When I’m around them, my chakras get jammed. On the outside, I affect a happy hologram of normality; inside, I’m going haywire. I act funny, say stupid things, become overly chummy, or often just hide. All the while I’m thinking, I can’t believe I’m with so-and-so. This is the strange power of being famous. John Waters once called it “a curse.”
This week, Sarah Jessica Parker was the guest judge on Work of Art. Knowing this, I freaked out while driving to the studio, frantically texting the directors and producers to “Keep me away from SJP! I will not appear on-camera with her!” (and other things with lots of emoticons). In the studio, they all came into the dressing room and incredulously said, “Are you joking, Jerry?” I went into a long, serious spiel about how if the art world sees me with SJP, my reputation will be stained. They looked at me like I was crackers, as I opined that as an art critic, I had to maintain my “values” and “integrity.” I said all this as the shiny spot on my head was being powdered by a makeup woman and I was wearing only underpants. Every week, this show reveals another misstep in what I used to believe was my own flawless thinking.
I liked Lola's piece best. It was visually sophisticated in the way that it engaged with the newspaper story. As for the tracing of the images, I had no problem with that, it still had her personal imprint. Real artists use the tools available to them. You wouldn't criticize someone for using a computer. She's a fun character on the show.
Thank God Michelle decided to change her piece. Her end result did remind me of a muppet sort of but I wouldn't have called it a great piece of art. WTF is up with her and all that curly paper??
Lola really took an easy out--as usual. She seems to just do "enuf" but no more.
Sucklord's sculpture was awesome. I wish he had left out the toys and done something different. He does seem to do knock off work, which has a place. Still, he is fun tv.
Sara's breakdown was difficult to watch and I truly felt compassion for her as it is clear that her art process stirred up much emotion she has not yet dealt with and seems to me a rich mine for her. Let's face it Michelle is at least as disturbed but when she makes something from her f*(#@ed up past experiences you call it art. If the artist doesn't draw upon their experiences, then doesn't that leave the work soul-less? IMO you have to have your heart in the work as much as you have your head in the work.
Face it - Sucklord sucks - that was probably Sucklord himself who wrote that - Someone else made those toys - they are someone else's art. I'm all for fighting for your own brand but geez, find the brand first and stop using someone else's and claiming it as your own. It's insulting.
I found your crit to sucklord terribly insulting to artists. You seem to have an issue with his medium of choice, and your demands that he stop using toy figurines in his work is short-sighted. I guess you would also advise Matisse to stop using paper cut outs and maybe Kara Walker should stop using those darn silhouettes.... and Calder... stop with the mobiles already.
Seriously?! Criticize his authenticity, his message, his execution... whatever. But your criticisms tend to resemble the opinions of someone who has little respect for the actual artistic process or knowledge of how artist actually work. YOU have a hangup with Sucklord's work, fine. But suggesting he change his process simply because you are a bit old-fashioned in your artistic tastes is just sad considering you are supposed to be one of TODAY's leading art critics.